Worthington News

Brick building at 579 High will become home/office


The two-story, red-brick building at 579 High St. will become a home again.

Worthington City Council on June 3 approved rezoning the property from C-3, institutions and offices, to C-5, central commercial, whereby residential is a conditional use.

Joel Mazza owns the building and plans to convert the first-floor office suites into his residence and his office.

A photography studio or other retail use also could be on the first floor.

Both Mazza's office and the photography/retail space will be in the front of the house, which has large windows.

The four-square-style, 5,700-square-foot house is on the southwest corner of High and Short streets, across from the Worthington post office.

It was built in the early 1900s as a residence. Over the years, it has become an office building.

Two professional offices on the second floor will remain, Mazza said.

He owns and operates Mazza Consulting, which is a small-business valuation firm. He also is a managing member of seven small real estate development or holding firms, according to his written statement to the city.

He received a conditional-use permit to allow residential and office uses in a C-5 district during the May 9 Municipal Planning Commission meeting.